• IRISH CHANNEL ST. PATRICK’S DAY BLOCK PARTY: 10 a.m., Annunciation Square Playground, 1522 Chippewa St., New Orleans. Irish celebration to benefit St. Michael’s School.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510.
  • THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. The New Orleans Moonshiners with Christina Perez perform in this series. $10.
  • “UNITED STATES OF JIHAD — INVESTIGATING AMERICA’S HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Peter Bergen discusses his book about Americans who have been indicted or convicted on terrorism charges. (504) 899-7323.
  • T-BOIS BLUES FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., also Friday and Saturday, 900 Hamilton St., Larose. Camping and music festival with a Thursday evening opener and all-day weekend events, including airboat rides.
  • “WHY THE HISTORY OF WOMEN WRITERS MATTERS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Author and professor Anne Boyd Rioux discusses the topic. (504) 889-8143.
  • “WE HAVE RAISED ALL OF YOU — MOTHERHOOD IN THE SOUTH 1750-1835”: 7 p.m., Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Katy Simpson Smith discusses this and her novels. (504) 596-2630.


  • PRE-PARADE PASTA PARTY: noon, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. In preparations for Italian American Marching Club’s Saturday parade, free event with Pasta con Sarde, a traditional St. Joseph’s feast day dish, plus presentation of court, parade marshals.
  • LENTEN FISH FRY: noon to 5 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1222 Dorgenois St., New Orleans. Pre-orders welcome. (504) 821-0529.
  • LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH OPEN HOUSE: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 2020 Gravier St., New Orleans. Faculty, staff and students on hand to discuss degrees and career possibilities. (504) 568-5747.
  • SANSEPOLCRO FLAG-WAVERS: 2:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Also, 5:30 p.m., Piazza d’Italia, 337 Poydras St., New Orleans. Tuscany, Italy, corps of flag wavers, drummers and trumpeters perform outside at the library. (504) 889-8143.
  • FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the spot, music by Daniele Spadavecchia, screening of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” part of John Williams series of Movies in the Garden. (504) 658-4100.
  • FESTIVAL BONFOUCA: 5 p.m., also 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. This inaugural festival features a stellar music lineup, including Big Freedia, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth and Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood. Plus food, an art market, family village and recreational activities. $5 and up.
  • LIMMUDFEST: 5 p.m., also 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie; and 9 a.m. Sunday, Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality with more than 90 sessions, children’s programming. $35 and up.
  • FÊTES FEST: 7 p.m., The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. Part of the Fetes des Chef weekend of events, with food and beverages from Chefs John Besh, of August; Justin Devillier, of La Petite Grocery; David Slater, of Emeril’s; Kelly English, of The Second Line; and more. $80.
  • JULIA JUMP: 7 p.m., The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for Preservation Resource Center with music and food, an auction and cocktails. $125 and up. (504) 582-7032.


  • PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m.; also 6 p.m. Monday. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106.
  • BIG TREESY TREE GIVEAWAY: 9 a.m., Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 14001 Dwyer Blvd., New Orleans. Nola Tree Project offers 250 free trees, one per household, with extras at $25.
  • LONGUE VUE EASTER EGG HUNT: 9:30 a.m. members and 12:30 p.m. general admission, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Hunt, plant sale, face-painting and games. $8, $6 members. (504) 293-4724.
  • AUDUBON ZOO EARTH FEST: 10 a.m., 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Exhibitors involved with environmental issues help answer questions for prices on Earth Quest game. Food and crafts available for purchase. Included with admission.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944.
  • CHILDREN’S WORLD’S FAIR: 10 a.m, Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Museum celebrates cultures of Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, Senegal, Tanzania and Vietnam in day-long “trek” for children. Prices vary.
  • TOUCH A TRUCK: 10 a.m., Children’s Hospital, 210 State St., New Orleans. Junior League of New Orleans sponsors chance for kids to have interaction with various vehicles. $8 or $30 family pack of five tickets.
  • NORTHSHORE BABY AND CHILD FEST: 10 a.m., Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive, Pelican Park, Mandeville. More than 70 exhibitors for child-centric services, products and events, plus activities and giveaways. $5.
  • FÊTE FRANÇAISE: 11 a.m., Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 812 Gen. Pershing St., New Orleans. Annual festival of French with food, music, art and culture.
  • JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL BLUE JAY BAZAAR: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 4133 Banks St., New Orleans. Music, food and vendors selling a variety of items, plus a variety of raffles open to the public. (504) 483-3947.
  • CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., also 11 a.m. Sunday, Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Music and culture of African diaspora are celebrated at this festival that includes Mardi Gras Indians, a high school band contest, a drumming workshop for kids, Bamboula 2000, arts market and food.
  • “HERCULES ON THE BAYOU”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Connie Collins Morgan reads and signs her book about the mythic hero in the Louisiana swamps. (504) 866-4916.
  • NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: 2 p.m., Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Showcasing two-ounce unlimited sampling of the craft beers from around the world with food, cider garden, seminars, beer garden for “cask” beer, music and games. $20 and up.
  • UNITED WAY ANNUAL PLAQUEMINES PARISH JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: 2:30 p.m., YMCA Belle Chasse, 8101 Highway 23, Belle Chasse. Teams compete, with attendees voting for honors.
  • “WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT IT”: 3 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Premier Center II, 3414 Highway 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. Bren Daniels signs her inspiration books. (985) 626-8884.
  • ST. JOSEPH PARADE: 6 p.m., downtown and the French Quarter, New Orleans. The Italian American Marching Club’s annual parade starts at Canal and Chartres streets, runs through the Vieux Carre, back to Canal Street and ends at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center. Actor Joseph Siravo is grand marshal, Kaylie Badalamenti Catoire Hyde is queen.


  • SUPER SUNDAY: 11 a.m., A.L. Davis Park, Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street, New Orleans. New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council and R.E.A.L. sponsor the Indian tribes and music prior to the 1 p.m. parade.
  • LOUISIANA IRISH-ITALIAN PARADE: noon, traditional Veterans Memorial Boulevard route, Metairie. The Irish and Italians hit the streets of Jefferson Parish for a rollicking celebration of Saints Patrick and Joseph in this annual event.
  • SPRING CHILDREN’S PARTY: 2 p.m., Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. The Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Guild hosts a party with interactive opera performance by MetroPelican Opera, Easter egg hunt and refreshments. $15 adults, $10 children.
  • USA DANCE: 2 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North, 2400 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. Ballroom line dance waltz taught at 1:30 p.m. Lesson included in admission. No partner needed. $12, $10 members, $5 students. (504) 607-1041, (504) 258-2220.
  • “THE SANGUINARIAN ID”: 4 p.m., BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Author and illustrator L.M. Labat, a student at Xavier University, signs her illustrated book, the first in the series.


  • TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000.
  • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983.


  • “HARNESSING THE SKY — FREDERICK ‘TRAP’ TRAPNELL, THE U.S. NAVY’S AVIATION PIONEER 1923-52”: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. presentation, 7 p.m. signing; U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Frederick M. Trapnell Jr. and Dana Trapnell Tibbitts present and sign their book about Vice Adm. Trapnell and his legacy. (504) 528-1944, ext. 412.
  • “TRAVELERS REST”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Keith Lee Morris reads and signs his thriller about a family marooned in a snowbound town. (504) 899-7323.
  • “BLOODY MARY’S GUIDE TO HAUNTINGS, HORROR AND DANCING WITH THE DEAD — TRUE STORIES FROM THE VOODOO QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Mary Milan, aka Bloody Mary, discusses and signs her book. (504) 895-2266.
  • NUTRITION CLASS: 7 p.m., Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Karen Walker, LSU AgCenter, offers class on calcium and dairy, and makes light banana pudding. Part of a series. (504) 889-8143.
  • “GETTING WHAT YOU WANT FROM LIFE”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Dr. Rick Landry discusses the concept of success in life. (504) 889-8143.


  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288.
  • JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841.
  • GENEALOGY SERIES FOR BEGINNERS: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library curator, leads a series on basic research. (504) 889-8143.
  • “THE BEST OF PETER FINNEY, LEGENDARY SPORTSWRITER”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Peter Finney Jr. discusses his book about his father’s color career covering sports in New Orleans. (504) 889-8143.


  • “WILLIE ­— THE LIFE OF WILLIE MORRIS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Author Teresa Nicholas and photographer David Rae Morris read and sign the book about the Mississippi nonfiction author. (504) 899-7323.
  • GIRL’S LITERARY NIGHT OUT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Authors Carroll Devine (“Sleeping Between the Rails: A Woman’s Odyssey”), Juyanne James (“The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories”) and Vicki Salloum (“Candyland”) discuss their new works and the art of writing. (504) 889-8143.

    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.
    • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music, and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410.


    • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans.
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
    • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
    • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna.
    • GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743.
    • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi.
    • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465.
    • SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621.
    • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
    • SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market, and flea market. (504) 813-5370.
    • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds.


    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans.
    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037.
    • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214.


    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621.


      • T-BOIS BLUES FESTIVAL: 900 Hamilton St., Larose. Camping and music festival with the Thursday evening opener and all-day weekend events, including airboat rides.


      • IOWA RABBIT FESTIVAL: Burton Coliseum Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. Carnival rides, food, music, rabbit cook-off and more are on tap for this southwest Louisiana festival in its 30th year.


      • AMITE OYSTER DAYS: Downtown Amite. “Oysters in Wonderland” is the theme for this Tangipahoa Parish festival with food, music, rides and more.
      • AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE: St. Francisville. Tours of historic buildings, costumed reenactments, theater about John James Audubon’s stay in the area and graveyard tours are only part of this 45th annual event in the English plantation country of the state.
      • LOUISIANA NURSERY FESTIVAL: 4300 Highway 112, Forest Hill. Vendors with garden supplies and plants, plus arts and crafts and Carnival rides join a festival of Louisiana fair food.


      • ACADIAN MEMORIAL FESTIVAL AND WOODEN BOAT CONGRÈS: Acadiana Memorial, 121 S. New Market St., St. Martinville. Cajun culture is celebrated in reenactments of the Acadians arrival, cooking, dance, music, conversation and a parade of watercraft.
      • ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Lafayette. Celebration of diversity and LGBT pride, featuring events.
      • BLOOMIN’ ON THE BRICKS: Historic Landmark District, Natchitoches. Lawn and garden vendors, from flowers to furniture, ironwork to art, display along the Cane River city.
      • SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. This event features more than 300 local and national vendors with handmade products including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, original art, garden items, seasonal products, Cajun Cuisine food favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and corn soup. Tours of Southdown will also be available. $5.

      SUNDAY, MARCH 20

      • WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CRAWFISH É TOUFFÉ E COOK-OFF: Northwest Community Center, Eunice. Teams of cooks, from amateur home chefs to culinary professionals, vie for honors in this event that rewards cooking as well as event-space decorating, plus music, arts and crafts and more events.